Become a Befriender

Could you help prevent loneliness and isolation for people living with BPD and become a befriender?

  • Do you have 1-2 hours a week to give to a client suffering from BPD and feeling isolated or lonely?
  • Can you offer support, through a listening ear and be a positive influence in a service users life to help build self-esteem and confidence?
  • Will you enable our service users to benefit from knowing someone is there to listen, be a friend, and check in on their wellbeing?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then we would love to hear from you!

Key responsibilities

Your role will include, but is not restricted to the following tasks:

  • Carry out weekly checks with the clients you are supporting, this may be over the telephone or via Teams.
  • Engage the service user and help empower them
  • Help service users to rediscover social skills and confidence by building up and maintaining a close relationship
  • Keep accurate records of calls and sessions
  • Report any concerns to the Volunteer Coordinator

Skills required

No qualifications or volunteering experience is required, but the following skills are essential:

  • Be aged over 18
  • Must have lived in UK for 2+ years
  • A non-judgemental approach
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Empathetic and compassionate
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Be able to work on own initiative
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with service users
  • A DBS check and 2 references are required for this role

What we offer

  • a comprehensive induction program
  • training on safeguarding, confidentiality, health and safety and other training relevant to the role
  • ongoing support and supervision
  • the chance to meet other volunteers and take part in volunteer events
  • reimbursement of pre-agreed expenses

To apply, please email your cv and covering letter to